menu

Certification Prerequisites

We offer two pathways to our ACSM-endorsed Certification.

The Core Coach Training program leads to two options for Certification: 

Certified Personal Coach - To be eligible to be granted the Certified Personal Coach designation, applicants must provide proof of an Associate’s degree or higher in any field when applying for certification.

Certified Health and Wellness Coach - To be eligible to be granted the Certified Health and Wellness Coach designation, applicants must provide proof of ANY ONE of the following when applying for certification:

1. A Bachelor’s Degree or higher in any of the following health and wellness areas of study:

Athletic Training, Community Health, Chiropractic, Counseling, Dentistry, Dental Hygiene, Dietetics, Ergonomics, Exercise Physiology, Exercise Science, Fitness, Gerontology, Health Behavior Management, Health Education, Health - Holistic, Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Science, Health Studies, Healthcare Management, Human Performance, Kinesiology/Kinesiotherapy, MD/DO, Neuroscience, Nursing, Nurse Practitioner, Nutrition, Nutrition (Holistic), Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Education, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Physiology, Positive Psychology, Psychology, Public Health, Recreation, Rehabilitation, Respiratory Therapy, Social work, Sociology, Speech Pathology, Sports Psychology, Sports Management, Therapeutic Recreation, Recreational Therapy, Wellness

2. A license, or license equivalent, in any of the following:

Certified Dental Assistant
Certified Medical Assistant
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Certified Pharmacy Technician
Certified Dental Assistant 
Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant
LVN/LPN
NREMT-First Responder
NREMT-Intermediate/85 or NREMT-Paramedic
Registered Respiratory Therapist
RN

3. A Bachelor’s degree, or higher, in an area of study unrelated to health and wellness and a certification in any of the following: 

Academy of Applied Personal Training Education
Action Personal Trainer Certification 
American College of Sports Medicine
American Council on Exercise
The Cooper Institute  
International Fitness Professionals Association
National Academy of Sports Medicine  
National Council for Certified Personal Trainers  
National Council on Strength and Fitness 
National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association
National Exercise Trainers Association
National Federation of Professional Trainers  
National Personal Training Institute
National Strength and Conditioning Association
Training and Wellness Certification Commission 
200-hour certified Yoga Alliance instructor

4. No degree and a certification in any of the following, with a minimum of 2,000 hours of work experience in the field, with individuals or groups: 

Academy of Applied Personal Training Education
Action Personal Trainer Certification
American College of Sports Medicine
American Council on Exercise
The Cooper Institute  
International Fitness Professionals Association
National Academy of Sports Medicine  
National Council for Certified Personal Trainers  
National Council on Strength and Fitness 
National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association
National Exercise Trainers Association
National Federation of Professional Trainers  
National Personal Training Institute
National Strength and Conditioning Association
Training and Wellness Certification Commission 
200-hour certified Yoga Alliance instructor